The Best Natural Lip Balm 2023
Why is it important to get the best natural lip balm available in Australia? According to Dr Oz, the average woman eats around 3kg of lip products per decade. Doing the math, it's a little under 1g a day. With the average lip balm weighing around 8g, that's a whole lip balm every week and a bit. I'm totally calling BS on his number, but the simple fact remains that anything you put on your lips, a portion of it is ending up in your stomach.
If you're only going to change a portion of your beauty regime to natural products, it makes sense to swap lip balms, lipsticks, lip pencils and anything that potentially be ingested as as first step.
What ingredients are found in mainstream lip balms?
Here's just a small example of ingredients that you may find in mainstream lip balms, and these are ingredients that you are going to ingest.
- Petrolatum (aka petroleum jelly or mineral oil)
- Parabens - usually a flavour in cheap lip balms
- Synthetic colours
- BHA or BHT as preservatives
According to WebMD, petroleum jelly can trap bacteria and oil in your skin because it forms a barrier and seals water in your skin. Dermatologists like it for wound care for the same reason. You can put in your hair to effectively drown head lice (but not kill the eggs) but eating it in large enough doses can give you stomach cramps and diarrhea so we think it's best avoided in lip balm products.
(Side note: as it's an oil based product, it should not be used as a lubricant when using condoms because it may cause them to break.)
What ingredients are found in our natural and organic lip balms?
We always think the best natural lip balm is made with ingredients that are safe enough to eat if you accidentally ate it (and you're going to). One of the original lip balm brands in our store back over a decade ago are Hurraw Lip Balm. They are all vegan formulas, with a variety of natural flavours and tints. Here's a list of ingredients they use to make them, remembering they are going to end up in your digestive system.
- Safflower Seed Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Castor Seed Oil
- Vitamin E (tocopherol)
- Cacao Seed Butter
- Candellia Wax
- Beetroot Powder
- Papaya Seed Oil
Best Natural Lip Balm for troubled lips
WINNER - Our top pick for lips that really need extra nourishment is the Weleda Skin Food Lip Balm
RUNNER UP - Ere Perez Papaya SOS Marmalade - a luxe multi skin repairer, not suitable to carry in your pocket all the time, but it's your best friend when you're in trouble.
Best Natural Tinted Lip Balm
WINNER - Hurraw Plant Colour in 3 shades for an 'almost' lipstick colour with all the nourishment of a balm
RUNNER UP - the barely there tings of the Black Cherry and the Raspberry from Hurraw
Best Plastic Free Lip Balm
WINNER - Raw Nature Strawberry Lip Butta (it also won the 2022 organic beauty award and was a finalist in the 2020 Australian Non-Toxic Awards
RUNNER UP - Ethique Lip Balm
Best Lip Balm for Kids
WINNER - No Nasties Flavoured Lip Gloss range. They're natural, delicious and several of them have matching scented nail polishes. Mum can pinch these ones too! Released in Q4 of 2023, they are in a wand applicator.
Best Natural Lip Balm with SPF
WINNER - Hurraw Lip Balm has an SPF15 version, Tangerine and Chamomile. It's classed as a secondary sunscreen and not officially listed or rated with the TGA. It will offer limited protected with limited exposure. For days at the beach, we recommend you use sunscreen or step up to something like the Sunbutter Surf Zinc and then nourish your lips at the end of the day if they become dry from the zinc.